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Uchinaa-Yamatoguchi : Yet another endangered variety on Okinawa?

Holmér, Josef LU (2013) JAPK11 20131
Japanese Studies
Abstract
This thesis concerns the variety known as Uchinaa-Yamatoguchi, spoken on the island of Okinawa and smaller surrounding islands. By discussing mainly historical, political, and social factors, the aim is to elicit the processes which affect its vitality and consequently are instrumental in the formation of its future. As complements to the already existing material relevant to the subject, a survey was conducted, and an interview carried out with an Okinawan informant. The survey was aimed mainly at investigating the degree of usage of, and attitudes held towards Uchinaa-Yamatoguchi among young Okinawans. The vitality of Uchinaa-Yamatoguchi is finally problematized from the three discourses identity, ideology and outside influences,... (More)
This thesis concerns the variety known as Uchinaa-Yamatoguchi, spoken on the island of Okinawa and smaller surrounding islands. By discussing mainly historical, political, and social factors, the aim is to elicit the processes which affect its vitality and consequently are instrumental in the formation of its future. As complements to the already existing material relevant to the subject, a survey was conducted, and an interview carried out with an Okinawan informant. The survey was aimed mainly at investigating the degree of usage of, and attitudes held towards Uchinaa-Yamatoguchi among young Okinawans. The vitality of Uchinaa-Yamatoguchi is finally problematized from the three discourses identity, ideology and outside influences, concluding that passive influences from standard Japanese are still affecting the lexical stability of it, but the existence of a distinct Okinawan variety is not threatened. (Less)
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author
Holmér, Josef LU
supervisor
organization
course
JAPK11 20131
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
language ideology, language attitudes, language shift, language vitality, Okinawa, Uchinaa-Yamatoguchi, Japanese
language
English
id
3878651
date added to LUP
2013-06-25 11:24:12
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2013-06-25 11:24:12
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  abstract     = {This thesis concerns the variety known as Uchinaa-Yamatoguchi, spoken on the island of Okinawa and smaller surrounding islands. By discussing mainly historical, political, and social factors, the aim is to elicit the processes which affect its vitality and consequently are instrumental in the formation of its future. As complements to the already existing material relevant to the subject, a survey was conducted, and an interview carried out with an Okinawan informant. The survey was aimed mainly at investigating the degree of usage of, and attitudes held towards Uchinaa-Yamatoguchi among young Okinawans. The vitality of Uchinaa-Yamatoguchi is finally problematized from the three discourses identity, ideology and outside influences, concluding that passive influences from standard Japanese are still affecting the lexical stability of it, but the existence of a distinct Okinawan variety is not threatened.},
  author       = {Holmér, Josef},
  keyword      = {language ideology,language attitudes,language shift,language vitality,Okinawa,Uchinaa-Yamatoguchi,Japanese},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Uchinaa-Yamatoguchi : Yet another endangered variety on Okinawa?},
  year         = {2013},
}